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'Two and a Half Men' Crew Warned to Keep Quiet

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2010 9:27AM
Generally speaking, what happens in the workplace usually is not meant for media consumption. Unless it's a Karen Silkwood situation, employees know that you don't blab about your fellow workers. Except in show business! Apparently, the very idea of working on a set or in the production offices where glamorous stars are toiling is a reason to yap about what you see.

This is especially true when those glittery vessels of acting have questionable personal lives that have already been selling ad space in newspapers, magazines and web sites. This is all a preface to the report filed by TMZ.com that the 'Two and a Half Men' team have been told to keep quiet about Charlie Sheen.

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HBO Developing Comedy about Entertainment Blogger

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 5th 2010 3:02PM
hbo logoFor years, Hollywood bloggers have been aggressively demonstrating that they are a force to be reckoned with in the industry, so it's really about time that some channel like HBO attempts to glamorize the whole situation with 'Tilda,' a half-hour comedy about the blogging scene.

The usual jabs about bloggers involve the mental image of a college student hunched over a laptop, wearing PJ bottoms and slow-nursing a Starbucks mocha. Well! First of all, joke's on them, because I can't afford Starbucks. Second of all, Hollywood-specific online journalism is a completely different area of the blogosphere, and there's plenty of material for HBO to dramatize. With Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort behind the wheel, it is going to be interesting to see if a pilot sticks.

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Ellen DeGeneres' Idol Debut Set for February 9

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2010 2:28PM
EllenThere seems to be two things that 'American Idol' fans have been waiting for patiently. One was the new season of the FOX show to start (duh), and the second is the episode where Ellen DeGeneres makes her debut as one of the judges (taking over for Paula Abdul). Some fans are probably confused that DeGeneres hasn't already made her first appearance on the show.

Well, relax fans: Ellen's first appearance is set for next Tuesday, February 9. She wasn't been involved in the early audition rounds of the show because most were recorded before she was named as a judge. She began her judging duties when the show went to Hollywood to start winnowing down the huge pool from the auditions. Too bad she wasn't there for some of the early, crazy, awful singers. I would have liked to have heard what she had to say.

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It's time to start worrying about One Life to Live

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 6th 2010 2:02PM
one_life_to_live_logoIn 2009, the television industry closed shop on Guiding Light. In 2010, CBS will pull the plug on As the World Turns. Is it time to start worrying about One Life to Live, too? I'm afraid so. Over the holidays, One Life to Live posted horrible Nielsen numbers, the lowest ever in fact.

There are other reasons to be concerned about One Life to Live. All My Children was the New York soap opera that ABC decided to move to Hollywood. It was also the show that was transitioned to HD. One Life was not only left behind in New York -- in AMC's old studio space -- but the plans for it to begin broadcasting in high-def was delayed. ...It doesn't take a Rhodes scholar to see that One Life to Live is vulnerable and the network is not doing much to alter that impression.

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Nip/Tuck season six -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 13th 2009 10:02AM

Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh star in Nip/Tuck
Over the span of its first five seasons, Nip/Tuck has had some spectacular highs and some even greater lows. Regardless of how you feel about them (personally, I liked season three and The Carver), as viewers we've all watched Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) slowly lose the battle to the one thing they're paid to combat - aging.

Entering its penultimate season, Nip/Tuck could use a little nipping and tucking of its own after the mediocre fifth season that saw a lengthy hiatus at the hands of the writers strike. Fortunately, it seems that things might be getting back to "normal" for McNamara/Troy. And by normal, I mean no more serial killers, organ thieves, or weirdo lip-synching musical montages. Beyond that, it's freak show as usual.

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The next television technological breakthrough

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 30th 2009 4:00PM
3D televisionWhy must Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and that lot constantly develop new technologies in an attempt to break my bank account? First it was things like flat television and high definition. Now, Panasonic is joining the ranks of other television manufacturers to produce a high definition television that can handle both 2D and 3D images. But this time, they're enlisting Hollywood to help them sell it.

The idea is that Hollywood is producing more 3D films and this technology will enable the sale of 3D DVDs. It could even potentially be the feature to push Blu-ray sales to the level of regular DVDs (assuming it's only on Blu-ray).

Do we really need to be able to watch 3D movies at home? It sounds like one of those things that seem extraneous at first then once you have it in the home you have no idea how you lived without it. 3D television has been talked about for years now. We'll have to see if this is the event that pushes it more to the mainstream.

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Army Archerd dead at 87

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 9th 2009 10:00AM
Army ArcherdA little bit of Hollywood died yesterday.

Army Archerd wrote for Variety since 1953, when he replaced columnist Sheilah Graham. That's not a typo. That's 1953, as in 56 years ago. That means he talked to everyone, saw everything, and wrote about just about everything that happened in Hollywood for more than five decades.

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New promo for Nip/Tuck ties up some loose strings

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 20th 2009 4:43PM

With part one of Nip/Tuck's sixth and final season right around the corner (it moves from Tuesdays and premieres on Wednesday, October 14th), I've been waiting for the new promos to start. To be honest, Nip/Tuck's promos never really grabbed me in the past, but after last season's extremely well put together ad featuring "Flashing Lights" by Kanye West, I had high hopes for the next one and FX hasn't disappointed.

The newest promo, titled "Couture," features the song "2 Man Show" by Timbaland and once again involves an extremely intricate choreographed sequence with all sorts of seamstresses stitching and tying something up. It ends with some pretty cool imagery too as Sean and Christian tie something (someone?) up too - very similar to the season four art where the two of them were literally "building" a woman.

Perhaps all the strings are a nod to the fact that the show itself is wrapping up soon? (Only 19 episodes remain in the drama's run.) Check it out for yourself.

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Nobody wants to film in Hollywood anymore

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 11th 2009 1:06PM
CanadaVariety has an article up about how many of the TV pilots are fleeing L.A. to film in other locations such as New York and Canada. Could this be the start of a bigger trend? Is Hollywood losing its grip on the entertainment industry?

Obviously, the biggest factor is cost. At first, the expense of filming in New York City didn't quite compute with me, then I read about the 30% tax credit given by the state, along with an additional 5% for filming within the city.

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Sneak Peeks: Pilot Season starts today

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 20th 2009 10:23AM
MyDamnChannel has a new web series starting today called Pilot Season, a new series that follows a bunch of actors, agents, managers, and other Hollywood types as they navigate, well, pilot season. It stars Sarah Silverman, Sam Seder, David Cross, Andy Dick, Isla Fisher, Marc Maron, and Brenden Small. Here's a sneak peek.

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George Segal joins the cast of Entourage

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 2nd 2009 6:06PM
EntourageDid you like Just Shoot Me? It was one of those shows I didn't really watch when it was on NBC but later caught in syndicated reruns, and it was really an underrated sitcom. It was actually quite funny and had a great cast. When people talk about the great NBC sitcoms over the years they always talk about Seinfeld, NewsRadio, and Friends, and while Just Shoot Me wasn't up to the greatness of those shows, it was good and funny. Now one of the stars is joining HBO's Entourage.

George Segal will play a veteran manager/agent who Kevin Connolly's character looks up to and seeks for advice. It doesn't look like a permanent gig (The Hollywood Reporter describes his stint as a "multi-episode arc"), but I think he'll be a great addition. It might even make me get back to the show. I loved the first few seasons but it kinda lost me a couple of seasons ago.

But isn't that great casting? You can just picture Segal getting all loud and chomping on a cigar.

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Nip/Tuck: Giselle Blaylock & Legend Chandler (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 4th 2009 8:03AM

Nip/Tuck: Giselle Blaylock & Legend Chandler [S05E22]
(S05E22) "Can I call you Mommy now?" - Wilbur

Well it took about a year and a half (thank you WGA strike), but Nip/Tuck's twenty-two episode fifth season has finally come to a close. As a finale, this episode delivered exactly what I was looking for: a few unanswered questions to leave us hanging as well as a few answers we've been waiting to have addressed since the first half of the season. Even better? There wasn't another one of those weird lip-syncing montages. One of those was enough.

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Nip/Tuck: Allegra Caldarello

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 25th 2009 8:03AM

Nip/Tuck: S05E21
(S05E21) "It's not easy knowing that your whole life is gonna go on without you." - Christian

It's hard to imagine what this show would be like if Christian were to die now. I'd like to think that Ryan Murphy and Co. will actually follow through on what's been an emotional rollercoaster for fans, watching Christian's cancer's ups and downs. If he somehow survives, I'll honestly be disappointed. Dr. Troy needs to die for this story to pay off. So the question is, when's he gonna kick it?

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Nip/Tuck: Budi Sabri

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 18th 2009 8:29AM

(L-R): Kelly Carlson as Kimber Henry and Julian McMahon as Dr.Christian Troy.(S05E20) "I had sex with a doll once." - Sean

That was a funny line, huh? Especially since Kimber, the model for "the doll," was right in the next room. That was it in for funnies though in this week's episode of Nip/Tuck. Instead, it was one of the saddest, most depressing, and thought provoking hours the show has had in a long time. It was excellent.

Between Sean's new found free spirit and Christian's two life changing events, there's been a lot set up not just for the final two episodes of this season, but for the final sixth season (or sixth and seventh if those 19 eps get split up) as well.

On top of that, the episode featured one of the more interesting cases Drs. McNamara and Troy have had in some time. The show returned to its roots (no pun intended), and took on the case of Budi Sabri, a man afflicted with the same warts as the Tree Man from Indonesia. Very much a "ripped from the headlines" surgery. Or "ripped from the ground." Pun intended that time.

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Nip/Tuck: Manny Skerritt

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 11th 2009 8:29AM

Katee Sackhoff as Dr. Teddy Rowe on Nip/Tuck.
(S05E19) "Namaste home at night and play with that thing, oh yeah!" - Nurse Linda

I clearly don't have the same set of skills as Manny Skerritt or else I wouldn't own a TV and would therefore have never seen this episode of Nip/Tuck. As this week's patient-du-jour, Manny "I've got a Tyrannosaurus prick" Skerritt reminded me of how funny this show can actually be. The guy that got breast implants in season two comes to mind. However, if there's one lesson to learn from Manny's "addiction," it's that just because it feels good doesn't make it right.

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